- Founded 1903
- Honours League – 1928 (Czechoslovak); Cup – 1994, 2001
- Stadium FK Viktoria Stadion – 5600
- City Žižkov, Prague (Pop: 57,225 / 1,200,000)
- Pronunciation ‘Victoria Zhizhkov’ (Ž = s in leisure)
- Nickname Viktorka
Although its slightly gauche name might suggest the club is akin to a footballing backwater, FK Viktoria Žižkov is, in fact, a Prague-based side of some notoriety. Spawning from the capital’s most insalubrious inner city district of Žižkov, Viktorka aptly possess a tremendously rich history of unprecedented success and shameful ignominy in equal measure. The area of Žižkov, once a town in its own right, is familiar to all Czechs as Prague’s seedy underbelly. The ideal contrast to the elegance of the city’s Old Town, Žižkov is a labyrinth packed with disreputable saloons, hobos, and grit.
Far from the glamour of its city neighbours, rivals Slavia and Sparta, Žižkov’s team also has an unsavoury reputation. The club was relegated in 2004 following a match-fixing related points deduction, and has yo-yo’d between the top two divisions ever since. Conversely, until the 50’s Žižkov were the third most successful Czechoslovak club, winning the league in 1928 and finishing runner-up on occasion. Following decades in lower league wilderness, the club returned to the top table upon the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, and recorded cup wins in 1994 and 2001, including a memorable victory in the UEFA Cup over Scottish behemoth Rangers in 2002.
The modest 5600 capacity stadium is conveniently wedged behind Prague’s central train station, nestled beneath the shadow of the famously imposing Žižkov TV Tower. More than compensating in allure what it lacks in size, the venue hosts Viktoria Žižkov home games at 10:15 on Sunday mornings!
Adding to the appeal of the Vitorka matchday experience is the motley band of characters found shuffling amongst its tribunes. Eschewing any appeal to the younger, effusive, merchandise-wielding teenage fan, Žižkov’s main artery of support comes from dishevelled creatures smuggling un-surreptitious hip flasks, harmonicas and pet rodents into games.